A felony fugitive who escaped from his electronic monitoring device six months ago and was wanted by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is in custody. At around 11:15 a.m. Sunday afternoon a citizen at a restaurant in the 700 block of Linden Avenue in Carpinteria recognized 56-year-old Steven Kunes sitting at the bar.
The citizen who had seen Kunes’ booking photo on the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office facebook page contacted a friend to confirm his suspicion. The friend then called 911 to report the felony fugitive. Deputies responded to the restaurant and took Kunes into custody.
Kunes, a Pennsylvania resident who has also lived in Montecito, has an extensive criminal history that includes forgery, grand theft and commercial burglary. He was serving a sentence at the county jail and was approved for electronic monitoring on August 1st, 2012.
On August 22nd, an alert went out that his device had been cut at the Fed Ex Office on Hope Avenue. Kunes mailed his device to a Custody Deputy at the Santa Barbara County jail and fled the area. A warrant was issued for his arrest.
Kunes is in the Santa Barbara County Jail pending an arraignment on escape charges. No bail is set.